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Comment Archives: stories: News + Opinion: City

Re: “Who Will Get the Land Around Burlington College?

So, Bernie Sander's wife bought the property for the college, for some reason paying $4 million more than it was worth at the time... interesting. Then, mismanaged the school to the degree it could no longer afford the property, taking a 1/4 million dollar golden parachute she from the school on her forced exit. Now, the school is in the dire straights it was driven straight to by Sanders and has to sell the property to the same developer. I have to wonder who might be best buds behind the scenes here. Me thinks there should be a criminal investigation. Otherwise, let Mrs. Sanders dip into her 1 Percenter, excessively deep pockets and save not only the school, but Burlington too, from the situation she created.

Posted by FreedomToThink on 12/19/2014 at 6:18 PM

Re: “Burlington's Most Affordable Neighborhood Is ... For Sale

Great article! Leadership is rising from this crisis, and the courage of resident is attracting notable resources, people who have come to stand with park residents. So proud of this community.

Brian Pine began his housing advocacy organizing MHPs. Sara Woodward CVOEO is praised by the Milton MHP co-op board as someone who helped them every step of the way. Andy Danforth from CDI is an expert in co-op financing and management, and Matt Cropp, a historian of co-ops, is a North End neighbor. It is an auspicious collaboration, a strong team.

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Posted by leaterhune on 12/02/2014 at 12:17 AM

Re: “Who Will Get the Land Around Burlington College?

How can this story only have one comment? I'm surprised that this hasn't generated more discussion. When it's gone, it's gone. If the city wants to preserve even a piece of this land shouldn't we at least be in discussions NOW about how much we will have to spend to get it? It might cost a lot more than we want to spend and suddenly paying 7 million to get all of it doesn't sound that bad.

Posted by Carolyn Hanson on 11/21/2014 at 10:42 PM

Re: “Bells Over Burlington: A Church's Chimes Get Mixed Reviews

Bells tolling the hour or service doesn't bother me. A whole hymn? No thank you.

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Posted by vtalise on 11/07/2014 at 1:55 PM

Re: “Bells Over Burlington: A Church's Chimes Get Mixed Reviews

I think there may be a solution to this. During church services, can a few people gather just outside with boom boxes turned all the way up, blasting the Rolling Stone's "Sympathy for the Devil"? If these church people think it's okay to blast music to the whole neighborhood every day, then they ought to be sympathetic to the neighbors blasting music right back to them. I think after five or six Sundays, they may decide it's not nice to disturb neighbors with loud, obnoxious music when they're working or relaxing at home. Anyone who blasts loud music, no matter their race or religion, needs to be taught manners and respect. It is simply shocking that a church would be so rude and obnoxious, but there are many legal ways to retaliate if the police and city won't help. I would be happy to help make the pastor's ears uncomfortable so he can learn sympathy for the ears of others.

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Posted by Penelope on 11/06/2014 at 6:43 PM

Re: “Bells Over Burlington: A Church's Chimes Get Mixed Reviews

We live 5 or 6 blocks away and hear it clearly. I think that they should go on longer than it takes the bells at city hall to chime 12 times at noon. And at 2:45, they have the same amount of time as 2 chimes, etc. Seems a little unfair to have to listen to the good part of a hymn if that's not what you want to hear.

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Posted by Kath Montstream on 11/06/2014 at 6:41 PM

Re: “Bells Over Burlington: A Church's Chimes Get Mixed Reviews

You would think that a supposedly benevolent organization like the VT Catholic Diocese could find a whole host of better things to spend that donated money on than a new loudspeaker system. Sure, I get that apparently someone had donated money specifically for the purpose of replacing a defunct bell/speaker system but how does this fit with the overall mission of the Church? Like spending your time in a rocking chair, it gives you something to do but doesn't get you anywhere.

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Posted by Lee Stirling on 11/06/2014 at 10:34 AM

Re: “Who Will Get the Land Around Burlington College?

Sadly it will go the way of condo-land for all the rich new yorkers getting away from it all...and F U Vermonters ( and that is not Felix Unger)

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Posted by Sean Moran on 11/05/2014 at 6:24 PM

Re: “Bells Over Burlington: A Church's Chimes Get Mixed Reviews

As a resident of the five sisters, I can confirm that the electronic recorded bells are extremely annoying - the hymns resemble tinny ringtones, and go on and on every evening. Definitely impacts the quiet enjoyment of my home!

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Posted by Quasimodo on 11/05/2014 at 4:31 PM

Re: “Bells Over Burlington: A Church's Chimes Get Mixed Reviews

No "noice" ordinance violation? *Noice!*

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Posted by AnotherVermonterAgainstThePipeline on 11/05/2014 at 11:08 AM

Re: “Neighbors Clash Over Apartments, Day Station for Homeless

Christopher, I agree with you 100%. Teri, you should read his comment if you're not too busy shopping. "I and many others have lost interest in shopping downtown because of being approached by healthy people who can and should be working." You are blinded by your privilege. I don't know what you do (or don't do) for a living, but your lack of compassion for these people suggests that you don't know anything about them. Many have mental health issues and disabilities that prevent them from working even if they WANT to. Would you hire one of them when you clearly find them so discusting? Cots expanding cab help them get back on their feet and get a freaking shower so maybe they can get a job. You have no idea how stigmatized these people are although you are the one doing it. It's people like you that help keep these people down and maintain this horrible cycle of proverty. I simply cannot believe you are more concerned about being inconvenienced by them while shopping than about supporting an action to help get them off the streets. They are people, not animals for gods sakes, many of them a lot less privileged than you are I'm sure. Vermont is a liberal town. Maybe it's people like you who don't belong here. By the way, for all if the homeless people you were speaking to, they'll probably never see this for lack of internet access let alone shelter!! Sickening.

Posted by Andrea Lee on 10/29/2014 at 1:30 PM

Re: “Neighbors Clash Over Apartments, Day Station for Homeless

I find it curious that the war on poverty is so disliked. haters gonna hate I hate poverty.

Burlington is surrendering the war.too bad.

Posted by Walt on 10/28/2014 at 11:39 PM

Re: “Neighbors Clash Over Apartments, Day Station for Homeless

It must be nice to be able to afford a house in Lakeview Terrace to park your BMW, Volvo or other SUV that you use to drive your children to school in. The building that houses COTS used to be a commercial building, there were industrial buildings in the neighborhood creating a much bigger footprint as far as traffic, noise, etc., than this proposal will. The proposal is designed to help elderly and disabled people, who are among the most vulnerable when it comes to housing security. Burlington has seen a couple of new expensive hotels, at least three "market rate" condo/apartment complexes with another one started on N. Winooski Ave., but apparently "boxing in" poor people is less of an issue than boxing in yuppies. The growth of affordable and basic housing has been on the back burner ever since "Miro The Wunderkind" and his developer-cronies took over City Hall. Burlington has been invaded by a bunch of narcissistic hipsters and gen-xers whose attempts to turn our city into some sort of Bohemian Fantasyland where everyone who is not a designer, funded entrepeneur or one of the dozens of new brewer/restauranteur/"art" promoters can "suck it." The elderly and disabled are not unemployed by choice, it is by circumstance, age, their disabilities and other factors beyond their control for the most part that they are not in the workforce, a workforce that, for the most part can itself marginally afford to live here. Every apartment that has seen double-and triple-digit rent increases due to the number of those recently arrived upper-middle class folks who come here for the "atmosphere" is raising the cost of living and thus, helping in a big way to create the abysmal housing situation we have now. I have watched the O.N.E. become squeezed by encroaching "gentrification", student housing and apartments and the destruction of formerly affordable homes and this project is absolutely essential to help some of the neediest in our community.

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Posted by Christopher Hill on 10/27/2014 at 4:35 PM

Re: “Neighbors Clash Over Apartments, Day Station for Homeless

My heart bleeds for the children that Rita Markley and her crew work so hard to support.

But I have a different mind about the work of Cots' I think it should be our goal as a community to make them much smaller not a a larger foot print. Every public policy decision should revolve around ending the need for COTS.


COTS is one of my family's largest charitable donations it pains me to write that check very year. Every year I wonder will Rita need less "please I dont need a much money, help and support. "

But it isnt happening Please write a check to help support COTS she and her team need our help and support.

I am not proud of the community who has created such a need for COTS I am not proud of them growing larger it pains me.

I am flummoxed that every public policy decision isnt based on eliminating the need for a charity like COTS to exist , boggles my mind.

Cant we do better? 51% of single mothers are raising their children in poverty in Vermont. Why? Why when Peter Shumlin flashes his mug on TV and declares we have 3.5% unemployment now-4.5% Why do we have such a rising need in our state for shelters? I am not pooh poohing the need clearly it is huge
25% of Vermonters live with food insecurity, that statistic is shameful.

I haven't asked Rita but I bet if she lived in a more perfect world she would be helping fewer folks because more were standing on their own creating a happy life for their kids.

When we think about public policy the top of mind issue should be how do we put COT's out of business or at least how do we make them a much much smaller l part of our community.

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Posted by Walt on 10/27/2014 at 1:53 PM

Re: “Neighbors Clash Over Apartments, Day Station for Homeless

I just have to comment on this. As I always have found jobs!!!! and as of now there are an over abundance of them on Craigslist for this area. My question is for the homeless why do you sit around and complain and want everything handed to you , when there are so many jobs out there? While they are taking up space on church street, and making our downtown look pretty dirty !!! they could be at the Department of Labor using computers applying for jobs and looking for rooms in a house to live. It seems that they give up and stay in this state of mind because they get money food stamps healthcare handed to them. To the roofer who lives in the woods!!!!! I find it very hard to believe you cannot find a job as a laborer in the area. I see employment everyday. I feel for the mothers of children who are homeless, but not for a healthy young or old man who can work. In Vermont there is a shortage of people who want to work, the problem being it is to easy to become a resident of Vermont and its easier to sit around and feel sorry for yourself!!! Get a Job! plenty out there! Folks coming to reside in our state should work here for 1year and be a resident with proof of residency for a year. I have watched in disgust the downtown Burlington area turn into shambles!!! it is an embarrassment to tourist who comment and to the state of Vermont! Get the homeless off Church street and clean it up!! I and many others have lost interest in shopping downtown because of being approached by healthy people who can and should be working.

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Posted by Teri Emilo-Hagen on 10/23/2014 at 12:40 PM

Re: “CCTA Uses Eminent Domain to Acquire Properties

Using Federal (taxpayer from you and I) dollars to sue adjoining landowner because they've now decided they want to buy the building back from this same person? The more people read this article the better, I am disgusted by this misuse of power. Something is wrong with this system where if they don't use the federal dollars they go back to Uncle Sam. Instead of funding an unnecessary lawsuit (they already owned the building not that long ago and voluntarily sold it to Michael Ryan, right?) these dollars should go to major issues such as heating/weatherization costs for Vermont's vulnerable. Being a public entity created for the people, something is wrong here do you agree? My toddler behaves better than CCTA in my opinion.

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Posted by Ben Thomas on 08/31/2014 at 9:55 AM

Re: “Burlington's No-Trespass Ordinance Is Working, But Its Days May Be Numbered

One of the unfortunate realities of a "free" society, is that people have the freedom to make bad choices, as well as, good choices. In much the same way a "good" decision can have an impact on not only the decision maker, nearby people and potentially society at large, the same is true of bad decisions.

The true test of a persons commitment to the constitution and concept of a free society is not found in how vigorously they defend the rights of those with whom they agree, it is found in the defense of the rights of those with whom one disagrees.

One thing, in particular, which I find very interesting in all of this, is the very people who should be most cognizant of the constitution and rule of law are the same people pushing a "solution" that is so blatantly unconstitutional. Sounds like a fail to me.

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Posted by Durwood Mark Collier on 07/05/2014 at 10:16 AM

Re: “Burlington Considers Its Parking Options

Just go to the library and read The High Cost of Free Parking by Donald Shoup. All the answers are in there.

Posted by Robert Orr on 06/26/2014 at 6:27 PM

Re: “Winooski Plans to Improve Arteries

I love most of the changes in Downtown Winooski - including those at the Mill. The current tenants are preserving a wonderful treasure in that building. The one shortsighted direction in the changes at the Mill would be that no large trucks can make deliveries - limiting the types of businesses that could be there. I only state this because the glaring omission in Winooski's downtown is a real grocery store (there are a few convenience stores with a very limited selection of staple items). Another restaurant is great, but most Winooski residents can't afford to eat out for every meal - I know I can't. Many agree that Winooski has moved in the right direction. I can walk from one end of town to the other, bike with relative safety through much of the area (the circle being the exception - though I can walk through safely) - but living in a food desert is a challenge that shouldn't have gone this long without a resolution. In such a concentrated community it seems there's no lack of customer base.

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Posted by Ma on 06/17/2014 at 12:30 PM

Re: “Winooski Plans to Improve Arteries

It wasn't noted in the story but I'm sure that others have noticed the relatively recent shut-down of those completely asinine pedestrian crossing lanes with traffic lights at the Winooski traffic circle. The whole point of the traffic circle is to move traffic around it in one direction. There are pedestrian crossings at all 4 corners of the circle, at which pedestrians only have to contend with crossing one lane of traffic traveling in only one direction. To put walking lanes with stoplights smack dab in the center of the traffic circle, cutting across 2 lanes of traffic was absolutely the dumbest decision made re: Winooski downtown development. I'm glad to see that these stupid lights are not in-operation any longer.

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Posted by Lee Stirling on 06/12/2014 at 2:26 PM

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